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Auburn man accused of assaulting woman, choking sheriff’s K-9

Eros, Placer County Sheriff’s Office K-9
Eros, Placer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Placer County Sheriff’s Office

An Auburn man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a woman, then choked a police dog as sheriff’s deputies attempted to take him into custody.

Placer County sheriff’s deputies were called Sunday evening to the rural North Auburn area, where a woman reported that Christopher Williams, 27, had assaulted her and threatened to burn down her house, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies escorted the woman to a safe place, then set up a perimeter around the house and made announcements directing Williams to surrender. After receiving no response from Williams, deputies broke open the door and sent a sheriff’s K-9, Eros, inside to search the house, with no results, the news release said. A California Highway Patrol airplane also was used to search the property around the house with heat imagery, but found no sign of Williams.

Eros was then released into a crawl space under the house, where the dog found Williams and bit him to take control of the man. Williams grabbed Eros by the collar, held his face and lifted him of the ground, choking the dog, the news release said.

Deputies were able to get Williams to release the dog and took Williams into custody. He was booked at the Placer County jail in Auburn on suspicion of felony offenses including domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as the assault on the dog. His bail was set at $50,000.

Eros was taken to a veterinarian for X-rays, which revealed minor injuries, the news release said. The dog was treated and cleared to return to work.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy